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Lightning in forest has fire crews ready to spring into action

Lightning in forest has fire crews ready to spring into action
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 6:35pm

An upper level storm system from the west mixed with a cold front from the east delivered dry lightning late last week, keeping fire crews vigilant and ready to take action. 

Several fire lookout towers reported lightning strikes in a variety of locations across the forest, including the Black Range, the Blue Range Wilderness, and multiple locations in the Quemado Ranger District. 

Limited amounts of rain and hail were reported across the forest as well. 

Another concern of the forest is the number of abandoned campfires that are being found in the Bear Mountain area. 

The Gila National Forest strongly encourages everyone to practice fire safety while out on all wild lands. 

Never leave any fire unattended, and always have a shovel and water on hand to extinguish their campfire.

Fully extinguished ash pits should have no heat remaining.
 

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